Cork’s €30m Counting House will finally open for a market and craft festival in May
It’s an iconic Cork building.
And South Main Street’s handsomely restored Beamish & Crawford Counting House will finally be open to the public once again in May.
The venue, which dates from the 1600s, was a key feature in BAM Construction’s €30m redevelopment of the area and will finally fulfill its purpose when STAMP Festival hosts a jam-packed weekend programme of over 50 art, design and craft events, exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, screenings, and markets, all inside its storied walls.
Benchspace, Cork Craft and Design, Sample-Studios and Shandon Art Studios have come together to offer Corkonians and tourists a glimpse inside the unique building, with a market planned on the Counting House plaza, design demos, artist-led workshops and a group exhibition showcasing the work of local makers inside the former brewery.
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“Our team is thrilled to finally share this fantastic building with the people of Cork, as the venue for STAMP Festival 2023,” said Alasdair Henderson, Executive Director, BAM Ireland.
“This cultural festival celebrates the talented artists and craftspeople in such a fitting setting – a rejuvenated landmark building in a historic location which preserves a piece of Cork’s heritage and artistry for generations.”
Visitors are invited to try hands-on workshops including screen printing, basket weaving, pottery wheel throwing, and frame making, and also to view jewellery making, woodturning, and oil painting up close in a series of live demos.